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Bursting the Brussels bubble: Transparency in the EU under fire

Whether you’re a Europhile or a Eurosceptic, you’ll probably have heard the same criticisms of Europe: that it's too bound up with bureaucracy; a Brussels bubble with supposedly unelected officials calling the shots for half a billion people. Recently, the sceptics got some new ammunition - in the shape of the lightning-fast promotion of a lifelong civil servant called Martin Selmayr to one of the most powerful jobs in the EU.

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On today's programme we’ll be finding out why so many lawmakers at the European Parliament are up in arms about this case, but also asking whether the critics might not have a point – and if European institutions across the board might not have some work to do... to make their work more transparent for ordinary citizens.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Roxane Runel

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